Baking & Pastry Arts Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.

Baking & Pastry Arts

Hands-on learning happens in our six professional-grade pastry labs. Here, students learn the science and craft of producing breads, pastries, cakes and other items both savory and sweet.

Customers flock to the A.P. Smith’s Bakery, a boutique retail outlet fully operated by the students themselves. The campus community and our neighbors enjoy the results! Baked goods are also served at specific events and the campus dining hall. Over the course of two years, students will have the opportunity to refine their skills under American Culinary Federation certified faculty members. Students develop techniques while working off-campus with professionals, providing them with paid employment opportunities that support their career goals.

Graduates enter the workforce as journeyman bakers, assistants to pastry chefs, retail bakery management trainees or commercial bakers. This program also prepares entrepreneurs to operate a bakery or café. Graduates may also choose to pursue a four-year degree in Baking Arts and Service Management.

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Key Facts
  • A.A.S. degree.
  • 62 credits (minimum) required.
    • 21+ credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • 400-hour industry work experience required.
    • 200 hours (minimum) required at each location.
    • This is non-credit bearing and there is no tuition fee.
Career Options
  • Pastry chef.
  • Pastry sous chef.
  • Caterer.
  • Retail bakery menu designer.
  • Cake decorator.
  • Bakery owner.
Program Objectives

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Professional Skills and Aesthetic
    • Professionally prepare, cost, produce, and present pastry, baked products, and desserts that exemplify emerging trends, nutritional awareness, and creative artisan quality.
    • Direct and oversee the pastry and baking functions of the kitchen(s), including menu development, inventory and purchasing of supplies, and cost control.
    • Create dessert menus and bakery inventory to maximize profits and minimize loss.
    • Test and develop recipes and presentation styles that exhibit current concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Customer Development and Service
    • Exemplify the effective marketing, management, and interpersonal skills for the development, delivery, sales, presentation, and evaluation of quality customer service.
  • Critical Thinking and Financial Management
    • Apply cost control concepts to develop appropriate systems for bakery operations this includes the ability to prepare, analyze and interpret financial documents as well as analyze trend and market data to develop effective business and strategic operations plans.
  • Leadership and Communication
    • Successfully manage diverse individuals in group projects and multi-faceted tasks through effective team building, goal setting, needs analysis, supervision, training, and evaluation.
  • Safety and Responsibility
    • Apply ethical decision making, legal standards, and industry best practices in operating a safe food operation.
    • Follow federal, state, and local food sanitation regulations.
    • Exhibit quality judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Required Courses

Program Planning Guide

  • Introduction to Quantity Baking I.
  • Quantity Baking II.
  • Effective College Writing.
  • First Year Seminar.
  • Foundations in Baking II.
  • Quantity Baking II.
  • Nutrition.
  • Psychology/Organizational Behavior.
  • International Baking & Pastry.
  • Confections & Decorative Work.
  • Principles of Marketing.
  • Introduction to Food Production.
  • Retail Practical Experience.
  • Sustainable Practices Entrepreneurship.
  • Principles of Management.

A Festival Effort

The baking and pastry department teamed up with a group of first-year baking and pastry students to run the bakery at the annual Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival. »


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